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INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS FOR SEVERELY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN
(CFDA No. 84.086)

I.  PROGRAM PROFILE

Legislation; Education of the Handicapped Act, Part C, Section 624, Public
Law 91-230, as amended (20 USC 1424). (Expires September 30, 1986)

Funding Since 1980:

Fiscal Year     Authorization    Appropriation

1980                               I/                    $5,000,000

1981                                T/                         4,375,000

1982             $5,000,000       2,880,000

1983              5,000,000       2,880,000

1984              5,000,000       4,300,000

Purpose: To improve and expand innovative educational and training services
for severely handicapped children and youth and to improve the acceptance of
such people by the general public, professionals, and potential employers.

Eligibility and Awards: Public and private agencies, organizations, or in-
stitutions, including State departments of special education, intermediate
or local education agencies, institutions of higher education, professional
organizations, and volunteer associations. Competitions are held annually
for new awards and for continuations for up to three years.

Contractor and Grantee Activities: Contractors and grantees develop or re-
fine instrumentation for the identification and diagnosis of severely handi-
capped children and youth; develop or refine curriculum or techniques for
serving those children; and package and disseminate products of model pro-
jects.

II.  RESPONSE TO GEPA 417 (a)
A. Goals and Objectives

During FY 1984, the Department continued the same priorities established for
FY 1983:

o To implement the Secretary's Initiative emphasizing the placing of handi-
capped youngsters in the least restrictive environments for services,
with special attention on the severely handicapped.

o To support programs emphasizing parent involvement.

o To solicit non-directed demonstration projects of innovative services
for the severely handicapped.riority.relevant projects conducted by the Department